Deployed Coast Guard rigid-hull inflatable boat with World Trade Center burning in background. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

The Long Blue Line: 9/11 and the U.S. Coast Guard

The 2001 terrorist attacks reshaped the Coast Guard, including new homeland security units, alterations in existing Coast Guard units and the transition to a new federal agency. The service’s response demonstrated its flexibility and relevance in the Coast Guard’s greatest transformation since World War II.